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Latest Nintendo Direct Was Predictable, All Sorts Of Boring

Posted on Wednesday, August 7 @ 08:14:04 Eastern by Alex_Osborn


Nintendo Directs have proven to be either a hit or a miss, and I'm sad to say today's was largely the latter. We knew the company was going to be focusing on previously announced Wii U and 3DS games, but there was hardly any new and exciting information to chew on.

Is the fact that Mario and Luigi costumes are coming to Rayman Legends really a big deal? Wii U owners have had to wait so long for the game, I would have hoped Ubi had a little something better to offer. And then there's the new Art Academy sketchpad app that was announced for Wii U. I can't imagine many gamers getting all too excited about this new eShop download.

We are, however, getting a handful of new Virtual Console games later this year, the most noteworthy being Super Mario Bros. 3 and Wario Land 3. But come on, old games shouldn't be the highlight. At least North American gamers can rest easy knowing that Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney will be coming to the region. Predictable, but good news nonetheless.

Nintendo also took a few minutes to talk about its two upcoming Zelda games, sharing virtually nothing new about Wind Waker HD (after all, it's over ten years old at this point) and detailing how the upcoming 3DS title A Link Between Worlds fits into the overarching timeline. Seriously? You're going to spend precious Nintendo Direct time on that convoluted mess of a timeline?

And in the least shocking news of the day, The Big N revealed that Luigi will be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. The only surprising thing about this reveal is the fact that they bothered to share it. At this point, can't we just assume he's part of the roster? The company also revealed that Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be getting social support on the Wii U. I guess that's cool?

Sadly, we didn't hear anything about Pokémon X & YSuper Mario 3D WorldDonkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, or The Wonderful 101, but don't worry, Nintendo will be holding yet another Direct specifically centered around PlatinumGames' upcoming title later this week on August 9th. Hopefully it's a bit more exciting than today's effort.
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